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Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

The Critical Concepts in Religious Studies series has continued to publish titles on the key subject area. Titles span across the religions and consider some of the most engaging areas of interest, including fundamentalism and ethics.

New in the series, Comparative Religious Ethics is a first of its kind collection. An area where a mass of scholars have now emerged, comparative ethics is an appealing field of study throughout religious studies departments.

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1-10 of 17 results in Critical Concepts in Religious Studies
  1. Hinduism

    Edited by Will Sweetman

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    The study of Hinduism is fragmented among many disciplines. Early academic study of Hinduism was overwhelmingly a study of texts, and while a strong philological tradition continues to characterise much work on Hinduism (in particular in Indology), very different materials and questions animate...

    Published July 24th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Religion, Pilgrimage, and Tourism

    Edited by Alex Norman, Carole M. Cusack

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    For as long as human beings have existed they have been interested in travel. Their homelands and cultural norms have always been constructed with reference to, or contrasted with, the lands and habits of ‘the Other’. Implicit in this statement is the notion that some places are more special (...

    Published July 23rd 2014 by Routledge

  3. Buddhism and Religious Diversity

    Edited by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    In today’s globalized world, religious diversity has become one of the strongest challenges to the self-understanding of any major religious tradition, provoking two interdependent questions. How does it see itself in the light of others? And, how does it see others in the light of its own...

    Published September 27th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Spirituality in the Modern World

    Within Religious Tradition and Beyond

    Edited by Paul Heelas

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    It would not be an exaggeration to say that during the last century, most especially during and since the 1960s, the language of spirituality has become one of the most significant ways in which the sacred has come to be understood and judged in the West, and, increasingly, elsewhere. Whether it is...

    Published December 12th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Fundamentalism and Charismatic Movements

    Edited by David Lehmann, Humeira Iqtidar

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    The term ‘fundamentalism’ carries a wide range of meanings, some of them pejorative. Here it is used to refer to what the French call ‘integrism’, meaning a religious code which encompasses and governs with its prescriptions the entire private and public life of individuals and the collectivity....

    Published October 27th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Anthropology of Religion

    Edited by Phillips Stevens Jr.

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    Religious belief is an extremely powerful motivator of human behaviour. Religious considerations permeate and influence all parts of a culture. Religious systems are universal in human cultures, around the world and through all stages of human history and prehistory. Of all academic approaches to...

    Published November 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  7. Religion and Science

    Edited by Sara Fletcher Harding, Nancy Morvillo

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    Integral to human nature is the need to seek understanding of the world in which we live, to discover how it works and why. We find our answers to these fundamental questions through different methods; empirical science justifies our observations of the natural world, but religion offers...

    Published October 5th 2010 by Routledge

  8. World Christianity

    Edited by Elizabeth Koepping

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    Two-thirds of the world's Christians live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and this new interdisciplinary Routledge Major Work brings together specialist contributions from around the world, from Europe and North America as well as from the developing world, to present a collection that truly...

    Published September 16th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Religion and the Environment

    Edited by Roger S. Gottlieb

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    In the last two decades a new form of religiously motivated social action and a virtually new field of academic study—each based in recognition of the connections between religion and humanity’s treatment of the environment—have developed. Interactions between religion and environmental concern...

    Published June 24th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Psychology of Religion

    Edited by Justin L. Barrett

    Series: Critical Concepts in Religious Studies

    Psychology of religion is essentially as old as psychology itself, with over a hundred years of history and claiming some of psychology’s most notable characters as contributors, including William James, Sigmund Freud, Gordon Allport, and Jean Piaget. In recent years, this subfield of psychology...

    Published April 29th 2010 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Taoism
    Edited by Russell Kirkland
    To Be Published April 24th 2015
  2. Comparative Religious Ethics
    Edited by Charles Mathewes, Matthew Puffer, Mark Storslee
    To Be Published May 15th 2015
  3. Religion, the Occult, and the Paranormal CC 4V
    Edited by Carole M. Cusack, Helen Farley
    To Be Published May 15th 2015
  4. Muhammad CC 4V
    Edited by Andreas Goerke
    To Be Published June 15th 2015
  5. Religion, Sexuality, and Spirituality CC 4V
    Edited by Carole Cusack, Jason Prior
    To Be Published August 15th 2015

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